Wildfires spread in Southern California, San Onofre nuclear power plant evacuated

San Diego County declares a local emergency, fire destroys 30 homes and more than 11,500 notified to evacuate

By Sarah Gray
Published May 14, 2014 10:45PM (EDT)

San Diego County has declared a local emergency, as a fast-spreading wildfire moves thought Carlsbad, California. The fire, which has been fueled by dry conditions and unbelievably high temperatures, has already destroyed 30 homes.

Thus far the Poinsettia fire, which is raging through Carlsbad, has lead to over 11,500 evacuation notices. Over 150 acres were burned, and schools, libraries and businesses have been evacuated, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Around 2,800 people were without power, due to the fires, and the outages caused Legoland theme park to evacuate its rides.

The Tomahawk fired, near U.S. Marine base Camp Pendleton, was discovered around 10:00 AM PST and by 1:00 PM PST it had burned more than 150 acres, and forced the evacuation of the San Onofre nuclear power plant and an elementary school.

The Bernardo fire, which began on Tuesday in northern San Diego, had burned more than 1,550 ares, but thus far no homes have been damaged. A brush fire in Bonsall, Ca. has also forced evacuations, and another fire in Anaheim, Ca. has closed part of the 91 freeway.

A fire north of Los Angeles, in Santa Barbara, has now been 50 percent contained.

h/t Los Angeles Times

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

MORE FROM Sarah Gray

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

California California Drought Carlsbad San Diego San Onofre Wild Fires